Could I mention how I really feel that Cavalier Breeding Stock should be Heart Tested for a Heart condition before being mated .
The MRI Scanning is giving more problems .
Iv'e been told that Cavaliers who have a Syrinx , when having a Litter of Puppies could be in great pain when Whelping their Litter ,so yes ,I believe that all Breeding Cavaliers should be being MRI Scanned to see if they have a Syrinx ,which denotes SM
Now for me the Grey Area .
It's been mentioned at a Griffon Seminar recently that Cavaliers have Larger Brains and Smaller Heads than other Breeds of similar size .
I contacted Professor Larry Glickman ,Purdue University ,America ,who Researches into Adverse Vaccines to Genetically Susceptible Dogs ,wondering whether the Larger Brains of Cavaliers could be being a result of being Genetically Susceptible and having a Brain Swelling from their Vaccine .
He replied back ,saying that this could be a possibilty .
About the Malformed Bone many Cavaliers have ,I still wonder if this didn't happen when the alteration was done to the Cavalier Breed in the 30's ,and they lived normal lives with it .
There are so many questions to be answered about SM ,maybe one of the answers will be to MRI Ato A's MRI Scan their off-springs ,and then MRI those off-springs ,this could take a number of years ,but how else will it be found out if SM is coming down through the Generations .
I don't think it's been proved to be Hereditary yet .